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The Dutch COIN approach: three years in Uruzgan, 2006-2009
Small Wars & Insurgencies (2010)
  • George Dimitriu, Netherlands Defence Academy
  • Beatrice de Graaf, Leiden University

Rarely has a military commitment led to such intense discussion in the Netherlands as the Task Force Uruzgan (TFU) mission in Afghanistan. In February 2010, the Netherlands' coalition government even collapsed after the two largest parties failed to agree on the withdrawal of Dutch troops from Afghanistan later this year. This article deals first of all with the difficult discussion over the Afghanistan mission of the TFU. The authors then subject three ISAF operations to close scrutiny. The authors provide some suggestions to help understand better this pivotal point in the execution of the whole operation and thus give a fuller picture of the Dutch counterinsurgency approach in Uruzgan.

  • Uruzgan,
  • The Netherlands,
  • ISAF,
  • Task Force Uruzgan,
  • TFU,
  • COIN,
  • Counterinsurgency,
  • NATO,
  • Afghanistan
Publication Date
Fall September 1, 2010
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Citation Information
George Dimitriu and Beatrice de Graaf. "The Dutch COIN approach: three years in Uruzgan, 2006-2009" Small Wars & Insurgencies Vol. 21 Iss. 3 (2010)
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